Brussels, 27 May 2010 - Caritas Europa is co-organising today, along with Secours Catholique/Caritas France and La Maison de L’Europe, an international conference about the impact of the EU’s policies to combat poverty at worldwide level. Notably, the event aims at shining the spotlight on the link between the fight against poverty in Europe and the development of Southern and Eastern societies.
As the EU already was lagging in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, the ongoing financial crisis is seriously hampering any chance to effectively combat poverty in the world. Its direct impact on poverty is devastating: unemployment is skyrocketing worldwide; development budgets are suffering drastic cuts; migrants’ financial transfers to homelands are diminishing dramatically…
Caritas Europa, Secours Catholique and La Maison de L’Europe believe that the EU must play a leading role in the fight against poverty. Current development policies must be rethought and change orientation. More specifically, lawmakers must put at the core of the debate the fact that these policies are meant to help human beings, serve the protection of their rights and work in coherence with other policies that might have an impact on or be impacted by development policies, such as migration or international trade.
An estimated 3 billion people live with less than €1 a day in the world
150 participants from about 40 countries from different continents are expected to gather at La Maison de l’Europe. There will be citizens, experts, members of nongovernmental organisations, representatives and partners of Caritas, representatives of local, national and European public institutions, working together around three themes:
A set of common recommendations for better achieving the Millennium Development Goals and reinforcing the means to combat poverty and social exclusion in Europe and the world will be presented and addressed to the French and European institutions at the end of the event. The set will be available in this site as soon as possible.
The conference will be accompanied by an exhibition co-financed by the Ministry of Culture: “Solidarity in the Fight against Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe and in the World.” This itinerant exhibition will travel later on in France and in Europe, through the local teams of the European Caritas organisations.
Combating Poverty in Europe and in the World
When: 27th May 2010
Where: La maison de l'Europe, 35 Rue des Francs-Bourgeois - 75004 Paris
What time: From 9h30 to 17h00
Secours Catholique - Caritas France
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 49 74 36